Critical Review of Social Science Research on Parental Relocation Post-Separation/Divorce

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Prepared by:

Michael A. Saini, Ph.D.
University of Toronto

Presented to:

Family, Children and Youth Section
Department of Justice Canada


The views expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Justice Canada

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Also issued in French under title: Examen critique des recherches en sciences sociales sur le déménagement des parents à l’extérieur de la région après une séparation ou un divorce


The author is grateful for the generous research assistance of Jessica Barnes, Jaylin Bradbury and Marlo Drago, all alumni graduates of the MSW program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. All three were instrumental during the information retrieval process and the appraisal of the included studies.

This project could not have been possible without the financial support of the Department of Justice Canada. We are indebted to Jim Sturrock and Dr. Cherami Wichmann Principal Researchers, of the Family, Children and Youth Section, Department of Justice Canada for their guidance, support and unwavering encouragement throughout the project.